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The Cliff Brown trained Draco was clearly one of the stand-out performances of the weekend, when notching up back to back wins at Kranji on Friday evening.
Only lightly raced, Draco has clearly returned in great order and more wins appear in store for the son of Falkirk.
Terravista wins 2017 Lightning Stakes Group 1 $750,000 at Flemington (VIC), 1000m.
Seven-year-old gelding Terravista resumed to score a very good first up win, his second at Group One level, both being achieved at this track. He travelled well back in seventh place in the nine-horse field between runners, got a split at the 100m and then came with a fast late run to grab a narrow but impressive win.
She Will Reign wins 2017 Silver Slipper Stakes Group 2 $250,000 at Rosehill (NSW) 2yo, 1100m.
She Will Reign put up a very impressive effort in winning here and maintaining her unbeaten record, now winning all three starts. She was surprisingly slow to move and settled at the tail of the seven-horse field. She improved along the inner from the 600m getting through to be third on straightening. She dashed to the front at the 200m and then went on to score comfortably. She is now the TAB’s $3.00 favourite for the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) on 18 March and should prove hard to beat after this very smart performance.
Gingernuts wins 2017 Retina Specialist Avdl. Gneas Group 2 NZ$100,000 at Ellerslie (NZ) 3yo, 2100m.
After blowing the start by many lengths, Gingernuts staged a remarkable effort to win going away here. From the outside barrier (14), jockey Johnathan Parkes had no option but to drop under the field and head for the rails, clear last as they passed the post with a round to go. Their position was unchanged at the 1000m or at the 500m but they were closer yet with nowhere to go on the rail. Turning in, they moved out but still had a wall of runners in front then at the 250m switched back to the inner. Seeing daylight at last, Gingernuts grabbed the bit and with four or five giant strides flew along the fence, taking over at the 100m and edging clear comfortably by more than a length at the post, leaving no excuses for the field.
Man From Uncle wins 2017 Hobartville Stakes Group 2 $400,000 at Rosehill (NSW) 3yo, 1400m.
Man From Uncle followed his very good win in the Eskimo Prince Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Randwick on 4 February to score another Group win here. He settled well in second spot, tracking the leader (Echo Effect). He set out after him on passing the 300m, challenged strongly nearing the 50m and then fought gamely to win narrowly but very well.
El Soldado wins 2017 Go Racing Synd. Avondale Cup Group 2 NZ$100,000 at Ellerslie (NZ), 2400m.
As he did in last year's Auckland Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) El Soldado scored another upset win using the same tactics for a game victory here. Rider Samantha Collett took her time from barrier (8) but found the lead well before they reached the post with a circuit remaining. They lobbed along by two to three lengths starting the back straight and passing the 1200m were still travelling comfortably. Collett applied some pressure at the 800m as the leading group spread out but they closed and the lead was just a half length turning in. Collett kicked the ten-year-old once balanced and he responded by breaking clear by two at the 300m and under a desperate ride they held off all the challenges by a neck for a gallant win.
In Her Time wins 2017 Millie Fox Stakes Group 2 $200,000 at Rosehill (NSW) 3yo+Fillies & Mares, 1300m.
The Ben Smith-trained mare In Her Time is now unbeaten in four starts this preparation, following up her win in the Breeders’ Classic (Gr 2, 1200m) at Randwick on 4 February with another very good Group win here. She soon crossed to the front and then travelled along well. She turned for home with a good advantage and safely held off her rivals to score quite impressively.
Irish Flame wins 2017 Phoenix Park 2yo Classic Group 3 NZ$70,000 at Pukekura Raceway (NZ) 2yo, 1200m.
Having just his second start, Irish Flame caused a minor upset in a small field yet won convincingly. He missed the start (from barrier 4) and settled two lengths last, eight lengths from the lead. He caught the field by the 800m and rider Dylan Turner pushed him through along the fence then moved out and between runners at the 600m. His momentum carried them into fourth, wide, approaching the last corner and once into the straight was alongside the leaders. Turner gave him a shake at the 250m and the pair broke clear. Kept up to his work, Irish Flame had too much in store and held on well by a length and a half.
Kenedna wins 2017 The Tab Vanity Group 3 $150,000 at Flemington (VIC) 3yoFillies, 1400m.
The Darren Weir-trained filly Kenedna , racing in blinkers for the first time, advanced quickly in class to win her first stakes race here. She settled in seventh place, one off the rails, commenced her move at the 300m, hit the front at the 100m and then went on to win well.
Hey Doc wins 2017 Cs Hayes Stakes Group 3 $150,000 at Flemington (VIC) 3yoColts & Geldings, 1400m.
Hey Doc took his record to five wins from 11 starts with a really smart effort in winning his second stakes race here. He began quickly, settled well in sixth place (one off the rails), improved well on straightening, hit the front at the 200m and then went on to score quite impressively.
Our King Sway wins 2017 Platinum Homes Taranaki Cup Group 3 NZ$80,000 at Pukekura Raceway (NZ), 1800m.
Finally rewarded, after a very consistent run of form, Our King Sway did not begin well (barrier 8) and settled equal last with a circuit to run. Around the far turn, apprentice jockey Anna Jones got the gelding to the fence but starting down the back straight they had last position all to themselves and lost touch with the field. At the 800m, they accelerated quickly to be midfield but widest and approaching the last corner ranged up to the leaders, ready to pounce. Although deepest, they grabbed the lead at the 250m and then ground away to the line keeping the field at bay by a long neck.